Automatic re-enrolment
Automatic re-enrolment

The following Pensions practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Automatic re-enrolment
  • Who needs to be re-enrolled automatically?
  • Timing of automatic re-enrolment
  • Making arrangements for active membership
  • Information requirements
  • Differences between auto-enrolment and automatic re-enrolment

Automatic re-enrolment

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE: On 9 April 2020 the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published ‘Automatic enrolment and pension contributions: COVID-19 guidance for employers’ which sets out how employers can meet their automatic enrolment duties as they navigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance states that automatic enrolment duties continue to apply as normal, including re-enrolment and re-declaration duties.

For further information, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—the pensions implications for employers — Automatic enrolment duties.

Employers have a duty to:

  1. re-enrol eligible jobholders automatically into an automatic enrolment scheme broadly every three years (where they are not active members of a qualifying scheme on the relevant date)

  2. re-enrol eligible jobholders and non-eligible jobholders automatically into a automatic enrolment scheme immediately in certain circumstances (eg if they cease active membership of a qualifying scheme due to an action of the employer)

The date, with effect from which an employer must re-enrol a jobholder automatically, is called the automatic re-enrolment date.

Irrespective of the circumstances in which a jobholder is re-enrolled (whether cyclical or immediate), the process of automatic re-enrolment is the same as for auto-enrolment and the employer must follow the same steps set out in law as for auto-enrolment, so that the jobholder becomes an active member with effect from their automatic re-enrolment date.

Employers must re-register with the Pensions Regulator to tell

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